Archives for June 2008
June 27, 2008
1) Kids Fundamental Soccer at MLK Park Starts next week! July 1, meets Tuesdays and Saturdays.
2) Kingfield Second Sundae Sunday—Coffee-Honey ice cream by Ikawa at the Market, July 13, 9 AM-1:30 PM!
3) Got Questions Regarding the Crosstown Reconstruction? Crosstown Staff will be at the Kingfield Market July 13!
4) Kingfield Farmers’ Market Feasibility Study—Volunteers Needed Multiple Dates!
5) KFNA Office closed for the 4th of July Holiday Starting Today—E-Mail (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or call us (612.823.5980) and we’ll get back to you on July 7th! Also check out the new Kingfield website/blog at www.kingfield.org !
1) 2008 Summer Fundamental Soccer
MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S. 55409
What: Fundamental Soccer Program
Who: Boys and Girls ages 4-8+
When: Twice a week July 1st – August 9th
Tuesday evenings 6-7:15
Saturday mornings 10-11:15am
Where: MLK Park – Diamond #1 (42nd Street)
$15 ( include t-shirt)
Register online at www.minneapolisparks.org or come to the field the first day and register in person! If you are registering online–go to MLK Park. Click on “current activities and go to ‘Youth Sports’ and it is the final listing. The summer soccer program is listed as “Fundamental Soccer Camp”
Did you know that Metro Transit is proposing a 25-cent fare increase for riders in 2008? And up to another 50 cents in 2009?
With gas prices reaching $4/gallon, a slowing economy, and increased ridership, we believe the Metropolitan Council needs to hear from riders around the region about the real transportation needs of our communities. Please join Transit for Livable Communities and our Transit Partners coalition in responding to the proposal with a clear message:We need a bigger system, not bigger fares!
With a shortfall of $15 million this year, it’s understandable that the Metropolitan Council (the agency overseeing Metro Transit) is looking to fill the gap. The primary funding source for our bus system is the sales tax on cars, and since car sales are down, funding for buses is also going down. But scraping together funding for a bus system just when people are looking for more transit choices is absurd! The bottom line is, Minnesota needs to invest in affordable, convenient transit. Period. And that’s what we need to tell the Met Council at the public hearings on July 7-15.
We have alternatives to raising fares
There’s no question that building a better system will require additional resources. But there are choices beyond raising fares for riders:
1. The Metropolitan Council can use half of its reserve fund to hold off a fare increase. This would buy time for the 2009 legislature to decide whether fare increases or service cuts are appropriate or needed.
2. Options available to the state legislature include: shifting more revenues from the motor vehicle sales tax to transit; increasing the regional sales tax to cover the gap; instituting new fees for off-street parking; returning to the property tax to fund transit operations.
What you can do:
1. Attend a public hearing! Hearings will be held around the metro area July 7th-15th in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Maplewood, Blaine, and Hopkins. Dates and times are listed below; go to TLC’s website for more information.
Okay, I really intended to get this post up days ago, or at least sometime before Sunday (today), because today is the day of the weekly Kingfield Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. at 43rd and Nicollet Ave. S., but life got hectic, and I had to go to Chicago for a conference, and so here it is, 9:20 a.m. on a Sunday morning. So I’m going to do a quick post and then jump on my bike and ride over to the market for breakfast.
The Kingfield Market is pretty small, in terms of the number of vendors and shoppers, but the gastronomic batting average is pretty high: both Rustica, the terrific artisan bakery at 46th and Bryant, and the Grand Cafe, at 38th and Grand (one of my favorite restaurants), have stalls at the market, selling bread, cookies and pastries (UPDATE: the Grand Cafe will be there twice a month); and Clancy’s Meats…